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This detailed graph shows how much drivers would expect to pay monthly on fuel and a road usage charge based on 1,000 miles driven. The following numbers are based on EPA estimates for average vehicle fuel efficiency, a road usage charge rate of 2.4 cents per mile, the cost of gasoline at three dollars and sixteen cents per gallon, and the cost of electricity for electric cars at .1 kilowatt hours. In one month, drivers of a 2007 Ford F-150 with an average fuel efficiency of fifteen miles per gallon would pay one hundred and seventy eight dollars in fuel. These drivers would also pay twenty four dollars under a road usage charge, which is nine dollars less per month than what they would spend on a gas tax.
A more fuel efficient vehicle, such as the 2016 Toyota Prius C, would spend on average fifty three dollars per month on fuel. These drivers would also pay twenty four dollars per month on a road usage charge, which is approximately fourteen dollars more than what they currently pay under a gas tax.
While a road usage charge does result in drivers of fuel efficient vehicles paying a little more in taxes for transportation as compared to the gas tax, the overall cost advantage of owning a hybrid, electric, or fuel efficient vehicle remains significant. The owner of a 2016 Toyota Prius C would spend a total of seventy seven dollars per month on fuel and road usage charges, which is significantly less than the two hundred and two dollars the owner of the less fuel efficient 2007 Ford F-150 would spend per month on fuel and road usage charges.